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2018-08-19T09:34:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering IBM FlashSystem?

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If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering IBM FlashSystem, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 20Real User

I rate IBM FlashSystem an eight out of ten.

2021-10-09T08:01:17Z
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Top 10Real User

I rate IBM FlashSystem a nine out of ten.

2021-07-16T17:21:04Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I recommend this solution to others. I rate IBM FlashSystem a nine out of ten.

2021-06-23T11:53:09Z
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Top 20Real User

I would rate IBM FlashSystem a nine out of ten.

2021-06-18T16:19:04Z
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Top 20Real User

I rate IBM FlashSystem a seven out of ten.

2021-05-14T19:13:52Z
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Top 5Real User

We are a customer and end-user. We are using the V9000, and currently, we have deployed SS9100. This is a financial Institute. As per regulatory compliance, we cannot share our customer data. We keep our confidential customer data on the cloud that is deployed on-premises. Overall, we have been happy with the solution. I would rate it at a nine out of ten.

2021-02-19T21:00:59Z
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Top 20MSP

I would recommend this solution. I would rate IBM FlashSystem an eight out of ten.

2021-01-12T12:35:26Z
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Top 20Real User

Currently, on the market, I see a lot of different vendors who are offering the same functionalities or even better options for the same or less money. They should try to be more competitive. Overall, I would rate the solution at a six out of ten. If it was less expensive and a bit more stable, I would likely rate it higher.

2021-01-08T18:06:01Z
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Top 10Real User

I would advise others to get somebody to do it for you. Don't do it yourself, or read the book carefully. Our implementation was complicated, so we ended up doing it multiple times. Other colleagues I know in other institutes have much smaller systems than the one we bought. They implemented it in four hours. So, for complex and big implementations, either get an expert to do it for you or read the documentation multiple times before you start, which we didn't. I would rate IBM FlashSystem an eight out of ten.

2020-12-20T08:05:22Z
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Real User

In summary, this is a good product and I absolutely recommend it. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2020-11-19T14:53:43Z
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Top 20Real User

My basic advice is to work with partners who really understand what they're talking about. Anybody who sells one of these boxes doesn't necessarily have the capability to supply or support them. Be very clear that you're dealing with organizations that have the experience to actually deploy and support you. That would be what is critical. Because it's not something that we just rack it up and switch it on and it works. There are many things involved. Also, initially, before purchasing, the sizing is very critical. There has to be enough time spent on performance metrics, analyzing the workload requirements, and things like that. Before the purchase and after the purchase and the deployment, there needs to be quite a bit of involvement. This is why I would advise the customer to work with partners of IBM or Hitachi. Whoever you're talking about, and who has experience. Not somebody who just comes and says, "I'll do anything, and for the price, I'll give you the best deal." The best deal is not always the best deal. Once you buy it and it doesn't work for you, ultimately you are paying more. I would rate IBM XIV and eight out of ten.

2020-11-16T14:50:24Z
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Top 20Real User

I work only on high-end storage. Before recommending a solution, I need to know about the workload, that is, application workload, backup workload, and database workload. IBM provides a free workload script that can be applied to any environment, such as Windows, Unix, or Linux. I need to see the I/O performance, and after which, I can provide the best solution for a customer from Pure Storage, EMC, or IBM. I would rate IBM FlashSystem a nine out of ten.

2020-11-01T09:22:09Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Before purchasing this product, I recommend that everyone should do a PoC because there are multiple flash drive systems now available. All storage vendors are now making flash drives because it is a new technology that replaces existing hybrid systems. I would suggest doing some analysis and some R&D because Huawei, for example, is doing well. EMC is also top of the line, with IBM. There are slight differences in features, however, so it is important to do a comparison before making any decision. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

2020-08-26T07:13:26Z
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Real User

I would rate it a nine out of ten. Engineers think that Dell EMC has better storage than Storwize.

2019-09-25T05:10:00Z
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Real User

I would rate it an eight out of ten.

2019-09-24T05:43:00Z
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Top 10Real User

My advice to others would be to go for the big one, the A9000. It is a little bit more expensive but it offers a better total cost of ownership. In the next version, I would like to see external virtualization. We are currently using LVC for external virtualization, and then we are using the boxes under LVC. If IBM embeds the LVC feature inside the box, I will only need to use the box and then virtualize the smaller boxes behind it. It will simplify my issues. I rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-09-15T16:44:00Z
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Real User

The biggest lesson we've learned so far is that hyper-converged storage is good for smaller workloads, but the re-syncing after a failure will be a problem for big workloads. The IBM System is top-notch and offers all the features we need to keep going for another 5 years.

2019-09-15T16:43:00Z
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Real User

My advice to anybody who is considering this system is not to do it. I do not recommend it. It is a big no. The biggest complaint that I have about this solution is the support. It is important to have responsive support. We had a RAM issue, and the RAM is the heart of the server. I had to escalate the ticket and wait for thirty days. During that time, my server was totally down, which caused our productivity to suffer. It was a big disaster. The hardware may be good, but I cannot rate this solution very high because of the support. I would rate this solution a five out of ten.

2019-09-15T16:43:00Z
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Real User

We use the on-premises deployment model of the solution. In terms of advice, I would give to others, I would say that you need to have the proper training for the solution. You need to train your staff on this product because it's not a straightforward implementation or a straightforward product, so you need to have some knowledge about the storage and how it works. Then plan and size your infrastructure prior to your deployment. We planned for five years in advance, and we are happy with the solution because we did our homework prior to implementation. I would rate this solution eight out of ten.

2019-08-12T05:55:00Z
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Real User

Almost all vendors are offering data reduction functionalities (deduplication, compression, thin provisioning etc.) in their newest products. Reduction techniques are offering up to 10 times reduction in data but this ratio is not more than 2 or 3 in real life for mixed type of data. Therefore, customers should test the products with their real and different type of data to measure the reduction rates properly. Otherwise, vendors may offer smaller sizes in their proposal and there might be conflict in between two parties after setup of the product in the live environment.

2019-07-10T12:01:00Z
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IBM is really open and available to those who want to find out what kinds of solutions will fit their needs. More than that, if it becomes more serious, with potential, IBM can provide you almost everything you need to see in its labs, to show you that the numbers they talk about are not only on paper but in real life. They are real and they can get to these performance levels. IBM does a lot of customer setups in their labs and they invite the potential customers in and show them. But it's not for everyone. When we have a real potential customer and they demand it, that's what we do for them. There are no 10s in the market right now. Everybody is evolving. As far as where we see storage going, it's not only hardware, it's also software-defined, and everybody is trying to reach a higher and very comprehensive level. And that takes time. It's not IBM, they need others to get to that higher level so we can have a comprehensive solution. It's not because IBM is an eight out of 10 and somebody is a nine or 10. It depends on the solution and application. In some cases, they would rate a 10, in others you might only give them seven.

2018-08-19T09:34:00Z
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